Seed beeds, clay beads, crystal beads… Circuit Beads? Yup, that’s right. There’s a new bead in town for arts + crafts time, and these LED supplies are not only about to change the way we make jewelry, but the way kids use science during their daily playtime, too.
Inventor Sabrina Gomez wanted to make science more exciting and enjoyable (yay!), so she created a product that allows kids to create color-changing patterns with beads based on circuits. By following circuit guides, beads can be combined to make light-up designs that really wow. From necklaces to bracelets, and maybe even fun headbands, these glow accessories come to life when the beads are aligned in parallel, serial or combination circuit systems.
Clearly things have changed since the days of Lite-Brite and K’Nex. Now we’re seeing kids DIYing with mini-computers like Raspberry Pi, producing objects with school-friendly 3D printers and learning code by playing fun games. Even big kids (like us!) are big fans of electronics kits littleBits. With these LED beads entering the market too, we can’t even begin to imagine where the tech world will go next. But wherever it decides to head, we love that STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math) is going to continue to be a part of the future for kids.
Circuit Beads currently has 43 influencers on Quirky and is in the process of coming to life. Follow the product, show your support and add your own ideas to it along the way.
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